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Marcus in 2016
Ruth Allyn Marcus
May 15, 1958
|Residence||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Education||Yale University (B.A.)|
Harvard University (J.D., 1984)
|Employer||The Washington Post|
|Television||Hardball with Chris Matthews|
|Honours||Pulitzer Prize finalist|
Ruth Allyn Marcus (born May 15, 1958) is an American political commentator who currently writes an op-ed column for The Washington Post. In March 2007, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Unusual among the majority of journalists, she is also a law school graduate, although she opted to continue with a career in journalism versus practicing law as an attorney. Ideologically and politically, she identifies as a liberal with the Democratic party.
Marcus was born in Philadelphia in 1958 and grew up in a Jewish family in Livingston, New Jersey. Both her parents were pharmacists. She attended school in Livingston with and has remained a close friend of fellow columnist Mona Charen. She studied at Yale University where she wrote for the college newspaper.
Marcus began writing for The Washington Post while still in law school, and formally joined the paper after graduation.
From her Washington Post biography:
Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006.